The formation of All Elite Wrestling has set wrestling Twitter on fire in anticipation. After the success of ALL IN last year, Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks have engaged in a business relationship with the Khan family, owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, to start their own wrestling promotion where they feel they can right the wrongs committed by WWE of late. They have assembled quite a roster to start before their Double or Nothing event in Las Vegas in May, headlined by Hangman Page, Pac (formerly Neville in WWE), and WWE legend Chris Jericho. After some big WWE stars have requested their release from the company this past week, there are quite a few men and women who should follow in their footsteps.
The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
This might be the most obvious inclusion on the list, but it makes too much sense. WWE has treated their tag team division as a joke for years, especially on the Raw brand. Wilder and Dawson are one of the most talented tag teams in the world, as their work in NXT with DIY suggested. However, they have yet to win gold on the main roster, being shoved aside in favor of teams like the B-Team and Braun Strowman with a ten year old child. If you would not buy Double or Nothing to see The Revival vs. The Young Bucks, you are reading the wrong article.
AEW has made it clear that they intend to treat their women’s division with just as much significance as their male counterparts. Even though talent such as Britt Baker and Kay Lee Ray have reportedly signed with the company, neither of those names are necessarily centerpieces. While Tamina is far from a centerpiece herself, she has a WWE Hall of Fame family legacy who could make victories against her feel significant. If Tamina is booked as the monster of the division, her and someone like Baker could make some compelling stories. This is more than Tamina will ever do going forward in WWE, so it makes sense for her to jump ship if the money is comparable.
Ambrose would have never made this list if not for his own wishes. “The Lunatic Fringe” is a made man in WWE; an upper midcard to main event talent with consistent stories on television and enough championship reigns to warrant a future WWE Hall of Fame induction. He is not being treated too well on his way out of the company, though (assuming his impending departure is not a work), losing clean to Seth Rollins on free television and taking punches from Nia Jax of all people on the same show. Signing with a company like AEW would enable Ambrose to unleash the psychotic heel character he was back on the independent scene, which is going to be very fun indeed when his WWE commitments conclude.
It seems as though WWE will never be giving the ball to “The Bulgarian Brute.” Ever since losing the United States Championship to John Cena back in 2015, Rusev has been largely miscast as a foreign heel when he is in actuality one of the most likable stars on the roster. He had a brief face run for a few months going back to last year that included a brief run with that United States Championship, but after turning heel on R-Truth on Tuesday’s edition of SmackDown, another fall down the card seems inevitable. Rusev would undoubtedly be given a hero’s welcome on the independent scene if he ever decides to leave WWE, and AEW would give him the biggest platform to work his way back up the card.